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this morning already the white house in escalating chaos coping with the fallout from donald trump jr.'s meeting with a russian lawyer and his release of an e-mail setting it up. the president's aides and lawyers have formed what the paper calls a circular firing squad, slamming each other for the decisions made since don jr.'s decisions made with the russians. providing the most direct evidence he was willing, even eager to accept help from a foreign adversary. very high level and sensitive information part of russia and its government's support for mr. trump. department jr.'s response, i love it. telling fox news, in retrospect he would have done things a little differently. >> this is 13 months ago before
i think the rest of the world was talking about that, trying to build up this narrative about russia so i don't think my sirens went up or the antennas went up because it wasn't the issue it's been made to be over the last nine months, ten months. do you tell your father anything about this? >> no. >> it was such a nothing, there was nothing to tell. i mean i wouldn't have even remembered it until you start scouring through the stuff. it was a wasted 20 minutes which was a shame. >> so far he has not spoken to the fbi but his lawyer says he is willing to talk to any investigators. new reporting from the times that the president signed off on don jr.'s initial statement crafted by trump advisors last saturday, a statement that made no reference to the meeting being about damaging information on hillary clinton. the times also reporting the president is frustrated with his attorney. his attorney and his team are
frustrated with what they deem as meddling by the son-in-law jared kushner. a new tweet of his support for his son reading in part, he's a great person who loves our country. that's a notably stronger endorsement of don jr. than the one earlier in the day that came through the white house. >> reporter: the white house didn't offer a very forceful defense of donald trump jr., the deputy press secretary read a brief statement to say that he believes the son is handling this e-mails transparentally despite the fact he's changed his story about his meeting with a russian lawyer. >> i have a quick statement that i'll read from the president. my son is a high quality person and i applaud his transparency and beyond that i'm going to
have to refer everything on this matter to don jr.'s counsel and outside counsel and won't have anything to add beyond that. >> also responded to whether members of the team could be brought up on perjury or treason. she said that would be quote, ridiculous. >> the russian lawyer who met with donald trump jr. last summer was acting on behalf of the russian government but the attorney denies having any links to the kremlin and her account of that meeting, that 2016 meeting differs on some points of what the president's son has been saying. we've spoken to her. we're joined live from moscow. what a story. what is she saying? >> reporter: well, i mean, she's obviously been handled by the media to get her interpretation of why she had this meeting
because that e-mail says she was a russian government lawyer with potentially damaging information to the clinton campaign. she categorically denies all of that saying look, i'm not a government lawyer. the kremlin has distanced themselves from her saying they've never heard of her. she denies giving damaging information to trump jr. and she denies even saying that she had damaging information to gain access to the trump campaign team. but you know, she -- she is somebody clearly who's at the center of this. take a listen to what she said when i approached her yesterday. >> translator: when it was suggested that i meet with donald trump jr. i met him in a private situation. it was not related at all to the fact that he was the son of the candidate. >> well, she was there primarily
to lobby for the repeal of the u.s. act of law which aims to punish suspected human rights abusers in russia. that's what she says she was there to talk about and clearly she said that donald trump jr. wasn't interested in discussing that. so it doesn't seem any problematic or damaging information was passed on during this, but again, as we've said time and again, the fact that the trump campaign or donald trump jr. was apparently willing to take this meeting on the basis it could offer potentially damaging information about the opponent is the real issue. that's what this is really a smoking gun about. >> yeah, a fascinating story, all of the characters involved. you heard it there from her, she says that she's not, you know, working on behalf of the russian government. this investigation will continue. thank you so much for that. >> all right. joining us to discuss now law enforcement analyst, retired fbi
supervisor, good morning to y'all. >> good morning. >> and the interview said this abo. >> i probably would have done things a little differently. this is before they were building it up in the press. for me this was opposition research. maybe concrete evidence that i'd heard stories for years not just during the campaign so i wanted to hear it out but really it was apparent that's not what the meeting was actually about. >> that is the closest thing you'll ever get from donald trump or any of his children. the new york post says this was criminally stupid but was there anything illegal that transpired? >> well, i think it's interesting, it's reminiscent of the presidential campaign. he said hey, follow me so you've
had this drum beat now of him saying there's nothing there. and then you read the e-mail exchange with him and to go to your question, is it collusion and is this something that would be prosecuted? i've listened to a number of legal experts talk about this and basically they're in unison when they say there's not a federal statute that's going to attack that. is there a political mechanism so go after it? certainly. >> if a foreign state -- if a foreign state actor comes to a campaign and says we have something of value to offer you, it could be money or derogatory information about an opponent i think that's an issue they're going to be looking at. >> there's very legal precedent but it does raise some big questions. i want to listen to a little bit more of don jr. in that interview because he's talking
about how he is happy to be transparent. >> did you hand over any and all documents? >> i will. i said it publicly, i said it yesterday. more than happy to cooperate with everyone. that's why i released all the stuff today. they're trying to drag out the story. they want to drip a little bit today and a little bit -- and i'm like here it is. i'm more than happy to cooperate with everyone. >> so this is everything? >> this is everything. >> so the new york times was going to report all of this and to get out ahead of the new york times is what it looks like. is this it? is this it? i mean, that's the big question mueller and his team are going to have to discuss. >> understand the special prosecutor has amazing powers. so i imagine that anyone in that
transition team that has any kind of contacts with any folks associated with russia can have their e-mails subpoenaed. now, here's the thing too because this happened last june. this was not the president or the president elect. there's no executive privilege here so those documents will absolutely be turned over. they can't hang that on executive privilege. >> that's one of the fascinating back stories here. this is as jared kushner, the son-in-law of the president is reviewing his meetings with foreign nationals. these e-mails come to light. he's having to amend some of his documents. what's happening in the inner circle that's so leaky? that's fascinating to me. >> i've been shocked. the political circumstance of this and the leaks coming out but once robert mueller was named, everybody was in concert
with saying hey, this is going to stop the leaks coming from the government. but there still seem to be with those associated with the white house and as well as government entities. >> this does not read like the intel community leaks. this reads like a very inner circle of the president. why might those types of leaks be coming at this point. we're talking six months in. >> and what if those documents had been subpoenaed by the special prosecutor? what if they were subpoenaed by the special prosecutor and someone on the team ended up leaking it out there? >> the read of our reporting is that this has changed bob mueller's investigation which leads you to believe they did not have this e-mail thread prior to this new york times investigation but there's a lot from that special counsel investigation we don't know yet.
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and stupidity like we've never seen before and it's making the jobs for good people in government that much more difficult. we get more this morning. >> good morning. the reaction on capitol hill really has been all over the map. you have some senators and congressmen who are frankly concerned. concerned that these leaks are becoming a major distraction at a key time when the senate is trying to move a health care bill or frankly having a difficult time. some are punting on the matter altogether including the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and others say this is just another problem in a growing controversy that some republicans are even calling a scandal. >> any time you're in a campaign and you get an offer from a foreign government to help your campaign the answer is no. so i don't know what mr. trump jr.'s version of the facts are.
definitely he has to testify. that e-mail was disturbing. >> other shoes will drop. other shoes will drop before this thing is over. i've said this for weeks. >> how damning does this look? >> have to see what it's all about. >> shuck schumer did say donald trump jr. should testify publicly and should turn over all documents concerning this issue. the intelligence committee investigation says they're very early in their investigation and clearly this is an area that they plan to look into much further. >> i got to say that the -- you know, the congressional reaction has been all over the map. a lot of outrage but some of the op-eds make for fas mating reading talking about the keystone cops or something more big and sinister but it's a huge
distraction for this white house. >> but there's a risk there with tim kaine saying this might be treason, that you go too far. >> and undermine your own message. >> exactly. here's some of the coverage you mentioned. the new york post, donald trump jr. is an idiot. we'll get more into the coverage as we continue here on "early start." president trump remains out of sight but is ready to fly back to europe tonight. we're live in paris with what to expect from that meeting with macron. the future isn't silver suits and houses on mars,
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as a political fire storm rages around donald trump jr. his father out of sight for a third straight day, but whether he likes it or not president trump will be back in the spotlight in europe tomorrow. he leaves for france tonight and we're joined now live from paris. jim, good morning to you. what's on the agenda here? >> reporter: well, i think the most important thing for the white house press corps is going to be that news conference that president macron and president trump will hold together tomorrow afternoon. no doubt the questions will come up to president trump about all the things we've been hearing about the last couple of days. it's the first opportunity they've had to ask the kind of questions they'd like to. in any event the major events here are to commemorate the 100th anniversary of america's
entry into world war i. they turned the tide of that 100 years ago. this was long planned before the presidential elections but trump will come here, be honored by the french president. they'll probably talk of areas of mutual cooperation and maybe macron will push back on a few of the concerns in terms of climate change and that sort of thing where they oppose trump's views on things and as likely to be as well some protests around. the climate change issue, there's a left wing protest that's being planned so there will be some protests planned to the trump visit. >> that two and two will be all eyes on the donald trump jr.'s scandal. >> for that reason, also concerns and accusations concerned in that. 25 minutes past the hour. donald trump jr.'s e-mails
aren't just causing a political fire storm. they're also triggering a wild ride of american stocks. the dow fell, boom, 150 points. it was a knee jerk reaction because it came right back recovering all the losses by the closing bell. that's because overall wall street ignores the turmoil in washington and has been. now corporate profits are keeping the bulls running. companies are making a lot of money and that's what drives stock market performance. second quarter earnings kick off this week starting with a few big name banks on friday and expectations for this quarter are high. last seasons profit grew at the fastest pace in years. analysts predict this quarter they'll rise at least 6%. also an eye on the fed chair, she heads to capitol hill for her twice a year testimony.
not only could she offer clues about future interest rate hikes but her own future. this is yellen's last address since february. the president has not said if he will nominate her for the second term. all the possibilities for who could succeed her. or whether they would reappoint her. she would be the first one not reappointed in years. usually they do get reappointed. >> what you got? >> i don't know. i'm reading the politico story. they're naming sources close to the situation but we don't have that reporting but that's getting a lot of buzz. >> you would think the left would erupt over appointing their own guy. >> he's seen as the democratic favorite free trade and conservatives like him. he's not an economist though. on a few occasions you've had
somebody not an economist. >> president trump has no idea a russia lawyer met with top campaign aides. that is if you believe his son. >> did you tell your father anything about this? >> no. it was such a nothing, there was nothing to tell. >> is there nothing or is there another shoe to drop? and who's leaking all these e-mails? you won't see these folks they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office?
this morning the white house in escalating chaos coping with the fallout from donald trump jr.'s meeting with a russian lawyer and his release of the e-mail setting it up. the new york times reporting saying the president's aides and lawyers have formed what the paper calls a circular firing squad, slamming each other for the decisions based on don jr.'s decision came to light. the younger trump's own e-mails provided the most direct e-mails he was willing and even eager to accept help from a foreign adversary. >> quote, very high level and sensitive information, part of russia and its government's support for mr. trump. don jr.'s response, if it's what you say, i love it especially later in the summer. he's speaking out telling fox news in retrospect he would have done things a little
differently. >> and this is 13 months ago before i think the rest of the world was talking about that, trying to build up this narrative about russia so i don't even think my sirens went up or the antennas went up at this time because it wasn't the issue that it's been made out to be over the last nine months, ten months. >> do you tell your father anything about this? >> no. it was such a nothing, there was nothing to tell. i mean, i wouldn't have even remembered it until you start scouring through the stuff. it was a wasted 20 minutes which was a shame. >> so far, don jr. has not spoken to the fbi nor handed over documents but his lawyer says he's willing to talk to any investigators. last night new reporting from the times that the president signed off on don jr.'s initial statement crafted by trump advisors late saturday. a statement that made no reference to the meeting being about this damaging information on hillary clinton. times also reported the president is frustrated with his
attorney while kas wits and his attorney are frustrated with meddling by son-in-law jared kushner. a lawyer for the president denies all this reporting. the president heading back to europe later today posting a new tweet of support for his son. he is a great person who loves our country. that's a notably stronger endorsement than the one earlier in the day that came from the white house where we find jim accosta with the latest. >> reporter: the deputy press secretary read a brief statement from the president off camera to say that he believes his son is handling these e-mails transparentally despite the fact he has changed his story about his meeting with a russian lawyer. here's what happened when asked about this. >> i have a quick statement that i'll read from the president. my son is a high quality person and i applaud his transparency
and beyond that, i'm going to have to refer everything on this matter to don jr.'s counsel and outside counsel and won't have anything to add beyond that. >> reporter: sanders also responded to a question about whether members of the president's team could also be brought up on perjury or treason and she said that would be quote, ridiculous. >> thank you. the e-mail stated it clearly. the russian lawyer who met with donald trump jr. last year was acting on behalf of the russian government in an effort to hurt hillary clinton and hurt trump but the attorney veselnitskaya denies having any links to the kremlin and that differs on some points from what the president's son has been saying. we had a chance to speak with that attorney. we're joined from moscow with the latest house of cards playing out in real life. what did she tell you? >> reporter: well, that's right.
i mean, veselnitskaya first of all says she has no compromising information that she could offer about hillary clinton to the trump campaign. despite those e-mails showing that donald trump jr. at least was very keen to receive that kind of sensitive information from her. what this lawyer says that she had this meeting to lobby for the lifting of the u.s. legislation designed to punish suspected russian human rights abusers and corrupt officials. she's also lobbying against the ban on adoptions by american families from the kremlin. just as those explosive e-mails became public, take a listen to what she had to say. >> translator: when it was suggested that i meet with donald trump jr. i met him in a private situation.
it was a private meeting not related at all to the fact that he was the son of the candidate. >> reporter: well, veselnitskaya of course denying again that she had that compromising information. she also denied she was sent by the kremlin as part of this campaign to meddle in the u.s. election. the kremlin for that part say they've never even heard of veselnitskaya. >> as to that meddling in the election though, does it get us any closer to establishing how and if russia meddled in the u.s. election? >> reporter: well, i think it certainly pours fuel on that speculation. i doesn't do much to dash any speculation that russia meddled in the u.s. election, but it's not a smoking gun. the kremlin has denied this and when we speak to them later today i suspect there will be further denials. what it does show is there was a willingness on part of the trump
campaign team to take a meeting with somebody they believed to be a russian government lawyer with that kind of sensitive information and that's the real issue here. >> it's fascinating when you listen to the translation of the attorney there. she said when it was suggested i have a meeting with donald trump jr., i'm still confused how this went from a pop star, a publicist, an attorney and how they even know each other and the pop star and the publicist, it's still to me, i don't know where the genesis of this meeting comes from. >> you know, if you want to meet with the trump campaign team, you look at their public business contacts that the trump family had and the most importance and most prominent family contact, business contact that trump had in russia is when he staged the 2013 miss universe
contest here. he did that with a russian billionaire, property developer, his son is that sort of pop star orangely sold a million records or something like that. but he's in connection with this lawyer, she's done work with the business community here. she obviously accessed him as a way to get through to the trump campaign team as it was then and it's not clear where this idea that she had compromising information came from. did she make it up as a way of accessing, of getting through the door to have that meeting with donald trump jr. or is it real? that's something that we still haven't got to grips with as yet. >> was the russian government just testing out the campaign to see if they were going to play ball. thanks so much. >> joining us to discuss the latest, cnn law enforcement analyst, good morning, you've heard from the attorney there who says she doesn't work for
the kremlin and when it was suggested that she meet with donald trump jr. she did. now we heard from donald trump jr. after a last summer in particular being very, very fierce and derogatory about anybody who was talking about, you know, about the campaign talking to the russians. now he's more play sent. let's listen to him last night on fox. >> in retrospect i probably would have done things a little differently. again this is from the russia mania. this is before they were building it up in the press. for me this was opposition research. maybe they had concrete evidence to all the stories that i was hearing about not just during the campaign so i think i wanted to hear it out but it went nowhere and it was apparent that wasn't what the meeting was actually about. >> what do you think is the best step for this for bob mueller and his team in terms of the investigation? >> as you pointed out, don jr.
was full throated in his, you know, rebuttals of folks that said there were any meetings with russia or russian agents. i go to this. pride goes before the fall and if you look at the physical evidence that the prosecution team now has available, they have it on a document between the four corners. it's not somebody recollecting a conversation. they have it on favor. for him to say "love it" about incriminating information and almost as to say hold it to september. let's get closer to november when it's more damaging. >> especially if it's later in the summer. >> and then for the description to be this is part of russia and its government's report for mr. trump. that is so damning. >> does this give bob mueller a different path to go down? i bring up this point of the e-mails when they say to donald trump jr. i can also send this
info to your father, but that is his long time assistant of now president trump. so if you're bob mueller is that where you're going next? you want the e-mails to see if this went to the top? the. >> absolutely. i listened to the interview that don jr. had and he stated unequivocally that there had been no conversation with his father. at that particular point in time there were probably hundreds of meetings every day. there were dozens of meetings. it's going to be very, very interesting as you just said when the subpoena powers start to bring in more of this, physical evidence that they're able to look at and if those e-mails are available it's going to be trouble. >> let's listen to more of don jr. from last night. he's saying this is all about transparent. this is a white house that has been anything but transparent. many critics have said talking about this new transparency.
>> did you hand over any and all documents? >> i will. i said it yesterday. more than happy to cooperate with everyone. i want the truth to get out there. that's why i released all the stuff today. >> you know, they want to drip a it little bit today and i was like here it is. i'm more than happy to cooperate with everyone. >> so as far as you know, this is all of it? >> this is everything. >> that little slam at the media there for the drip, drip, drip. you could argue it was because there was just pieces coming out. >> but now the spigot. where's the leaking coming from? these are e-mails, other people were also cc'd on. you had jared kushner in that meeting jared kushner disclosing his forms about who he met with. >> it's got to be somebody that's very close to the former
campaign or in the white house right now. it's got to be somebody that's very tied in to get personal e-mails between gold stone and don jr. himself it's got to be somebody close to it. i look at what donald trump jr. tried to do. this is a classic legal tactic. if you've got derogatory information about one of your witnesses from the prosecution or the defense side, you always want to put that in front and get that out first to kind of downplay and that's exactly what it appears that he did. >> but we should be clear, from a criminal standpoint do you see anything here even if it comes to campaign finance laws? >> i think that would be the only realistic avenue. the collusion piece, again, unless it's major league baseball, it's an anti trust case, i just haven't seen it used. i have not seen that statute applied and i can't see it being applied here. it doesn't mean in the political realm that there's an application. i just think that the campaign finance piece is going to be
probably the angle that the special prosecutor is looking hardest at. >> there's the political and the legal. it's embarrassing and it's a huge distraction for a president getting ready to go to france for bastille day and it overshadowed that he sat down with the russian president just three days ago. okay. no shortage of jokes from late night comedians on this latest trump/russia story. >> i'd like to apologize to eric trump. we always thought you were the dumb one. we were wrong. >> late night laughs ahead "early start." [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare?
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discredit clinton and help trump and that trump officials were aware of that, how high that goes, we've still got questions to ask. >> members of congress stunned by the release of department jr.'s e-mails. one senior gop source, senior gop source telling cnn quote, this donald jr. thing is just another depressing turn. we're just watching incompetence and stupidity like we've never seen before and it's making the jobs for good people in government that much difficult. >> reporter: good morning. now, the reaction on capitol hill really has been all over the map. you have some senators and congressmen who are frankly concerned. concerned that these leaks are becoming a major distraction at a key time when the senate is trying to move a health care bill or frankly having a difficult time getting the party behind. some are punting on the matter
including the senate majority leader and others say this is another problem in a growing controversy that some republicans are even calling a scandal. >> any time you're in a campaign and you get an offer from a foreign government to help your campaign the answer is no. so i don't know what mr. trump jr.'s version of the facts are. i -- definitely he has to testify. that e-mail was disturbing. >> other shoes will drop before this thing is over. i've said that for weeks. >> how damning does it look? >> have to see what it's all about. >> chuck schumer did say that donald trump jr. should testify publicly and he should turn over all relevant documents to the key committees investigating this issue. senator who's run the intelligence committee, said they're very early in their investigation and this is an
area that they plan to look into much further. >> thank you for that. donald trump jr.'s e-mail drop gave stephen colbert plenty of material for last night. >> trump junior was told in an e-mail that this was a russian effort to aide trump's campaign. wow, who could have predicted an e-mail scandal would taint a presidential campaign. >> information that would incriminate hillary and would be very useful to your father. i'm sorry. just got a little cough because of this smoking gun i just found. you know who else couldn't believe that don jr. published these e-mails this morning? the journalists who have been drying to dig them up for months. one reporter tweeted, i worked on this story for a year and he just -- he tweeted it out.
i spent like hours and days and weeks and months and his son just hit tweet. i tracked down forces. i followed so many dead leads. i labored over this and then he just, you know, tweeted it the proof. >> he spells out that it's part of russia and its government's support for mr. trump. this could not be any more damning if gold stone had sent him an e vivite. wood you like to betray your country? yes, no? >> oh, a spring in his step. >> in his groove right now. and the new gop health care bill will be unveiled tomorrow. the so-called score expected early next week, he manhattans a
procedural vote by next week. if divided republicans cannot follow that guide line they won't get to go home for their early august recess. that week has been pushed back to allow more time to get to repealing and replacing obamacare. lindsey graham and others say they're drafting their own health care proposal that will be likely added to the bill as an amendment. senator graham is not sharing details but the senator has reached out to democrats regarding a bipartisan approach. and the fifth straight midsummer classic. the leadoff of the 10 inning. the american league a 2-1 victory. 15 games for the all star team. this is probably the highlight of this game other than home run. nelson cruz, yeah, he came to
bat with his cell phone, and had the catcher take a photo of he and the umpire joe west, who has been behind the plate for 5,000 games. more than 30 -- this is an incredible moment. they're going towards the nfl pro bowl now and the nb all star game. if it can't be interesting at least make it fun and lively. more than 30 million people facing severe weather this morning in parts of the midwest. >> good morning. big time heat across much of the central and also parts of the earn u.s. as well. middle 90s widespread from kansas city to st. louis. washington at 95. you've got to work your way out well to the north here to get some cooler temperatures in place. about 67 out of that region, but notice the severe weather concern around parts of the great lakes.
major issues yesterday with over 6,000 flights delayed or cancelled. the vast majority of those delays scattered across the midwest as well. strong storms push in in northern michigan as well as to western ohio as well. notice that cooling trend. we get down to 77 in places like chicago, the middle 80s in st. louis. 70s for new york city. that could be among the coldest temperatures we've seen for this time of year for an afternoon high so a big change in store going into this weekend. let's take a look at your money this morning. global stock markets mostly higher today after donald trump's jr.'s e-mails triggered a drop on wall street. the dow fell about 150 points after the release of these e-mails and recovered all the losses by the closing bell. basically wall street ignores turmoil in washington.
investors focusing on earnings. expectations are high. last season was the best in years for profits. folks also keeping an eye on janet yellen who heads to capitol hill today for her twice yearly testimony on the economy. takata's recall is the most in automotive history. now they're expanding it. a new hazard in its air bag, this applies to vehicles made by ford, mazda and nissan from 2005 to 2012. the recall already affects get this, 42 million cars and trucks. it can explode. the flaw is linked now to 17 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. don't ignore this. and microsoft is bringing broad band internet.
so microsoft plans to use unused satellites to broad band in states this year. micro soft isn't the first to expand. trying to get everybody connected. the latest on the don trump jr. e-mail scandal when "early start" starts right now. >> i probably would have done things a little bit differently. >> donald trump jr. on the defensive after releasing e-mails showing he was ready to accept russia's help during the election. now all accounts are just the chaos in this white house is reaching peak levels. all of this begins right now. good morning, everyone. i'm christine romans. >> the wednesday, july 12th.
it is 5:00 a.m. in the east and already the white house in escalating chaos coping with the fallout from don trump jr.'s meeting with the russian lawyer and his release of the e-mails setting it all up. the new york times out front on all this says the president's aides and lawyers have formed what the paper calls a circular firing squad, slamming each other to the decisions made since don jr.'s meeting and the russians came to height light. he was eager to accept help from a foreign adversary. >> an e-mail from rob gold stone made the pitch. quote, very high level and public information. don jr.'s response, i love it. if it's what you say i love it especially later in the summer. now he's speaking out in his own defense telling fox news he would have done things a little